It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Camden Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year!
Two and a Half Irishmen
Location: The Albany
Dates: Aug 11-14
Ticket Link: https://www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2476
Hello! Tell us about your show?
Jack: Our show is a three way split of three up and coming stand ups of Irish heritage.
John: How it came about was firstly I knew Jack (O’Cairealláin) from Queen Mary Uni where we both studied film and in final year started the award nominated QM Comedy Society. I met Peter (Jack Hester) in the final of a new act competition last summer, so we decided this year we’d do a few shows together.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden Fringe?
Jack H: We had 12 meetings to discuss the name of the show and we couldn’t come up with anything so we sub contracted a team of naming experts in India to come with the name for us.
John: I think it’s a pun on something but not sure I get it.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
John: I guess unlike a lot of other shows there’s no real conceit to ours. What we are doing is fairly traditional stand-up. Anecdotes, observations, one liners etc. We all do try to engage with social issues in our stand-up but we are also balancing that with some silly stuff.
What will your set be about?
Jack: the human condition, the universe, life, death and taxes. the usual shite.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Barely There with Mary O’Connell and Patrick Healy at 2Northdown
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Jack: favourite shows to date, were performing at convent garden comedy club, the comedy store and up the creek.
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year and why?
Jack: Rob Newmans show, it’s not quite stand up but it is very funny and very interesting. I saw Daniel Kitson and Eddie Izzard do work in progress shows in the Bill Murray comedy club, both fascinating to watch to see how their final shows come about.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Jack: practice, practice, practice. The answer to every question in comedy is do more gigs. Blitz open mic gigs and then look to put on a show.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
John: doing this interview.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
John: The nightlife, the market and myself.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Jack:Working in the NHS is not all drugs, sex and free healthcare, some people have to pay for their healthcare now. I love that gag but it never really works so I don’t use but I still love the daftness of it.
John: Okay I’ve not actually done this one on stage but I wrote it the other day “Albert Einstein’s wanking technique, it’s a stroke of genius.” Not sure it totally fits my style but it’s a good concise, no fat, one liner.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Jack: You, yes you, you read this. you are a dream to me.
John: Probably David Bowie but if he heckled me I would cry.
The iconic image of the Camden Fringe is the Pigeon – if you could call this year’s pigeon a name to represent its style what would it be and why?
Jack : the pirate pigeon because Camden is a pirate town and everyone knows it.
John: Pigey, cause they’re a pigeon.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Good, energetic, craic